Originally Posted by razorwire77
Biden doesn't want to get overly aggressive if Ryan tries to tact to the middle on policy issues. Like Kahn was saying, regardless of if you agree with his policies or not, Biden has a likeable quality to him. He completely negates that if he hammers Ryan. It will come across as desperate.
Ryan doesn't want to come across like the guy reading policy specifics off of a PowerPoint at a hotel conference center business meeting.
Exactly. There are a lot of people on the left who want to see a "big comeback" but I think that's the wrong approach and frankly the wrong place to expect it. You want Obama to fireback for himself in his next debate. If Biden comes out rabid, it will make Obama, who came off as weak and listless in the last debate, as even weaker because it would look like he needs his VP to defend him. Worse, it would negate Biden's biggest asset, which is his charm and warmth.
I seriously doubt Biden goes that way, despite what the OP is suggesting. He's an elder statesman, and this isn't his first rodeo. I think he knows what he's good at and isn't going to do anything except be himself. We shall see, though.
I think Ryan's biggest play is to showcase optimism, energy and then get into just enough specifics on the plan to show he knows what he's talking about, has a clear vision, but not so much that he looks like a know-it all. Excercising restraint will be a big factor.